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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today hundreds of people turned out for the Installation Ceremony for UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli.

When Chancellor Sartarelli addressed the crowd he spoke of big plans for the university, plans he intends to see to completion.

“I’m not a quitter. I’m not someone who likes to do things half baked. I like to see it to fruition. And I hope that I will be able to see to fruition, God willing, the strategic plan that we’re putting in place,” said Sartarelli.

That plan includes things like diversification and globalization.

“As we send more Americans overseas I would like to receive more of our colleagues to study here,” Sartarelli said.

Many of those in attendance today were students, excited by Sartarelli’s plans and inspired by his leadership.

“We want to make sure that our students have that worldly experience but also try to get the most out of their college education and their college experience. Before you go into that adult world, you want to see what the world has to offer,” said sophomore Erin Valdini.

Students said Sartarelli is humble and personable.

“His leadership is amazing. He’s always at all the sporting events. You can see him everywhere on campus. He knows our names, and if the chancellor knows your name that’s an awesome thing,” said junior Heather Welch.

They say he is like a friend to students.

“The other day I was standing in line at Chick-Fil-A over there, and he was in line behind me, and he’s like, ‘Hey! Aren’t you a Student Ambassador?’ So like he’s got a great memory. And I just casually started a conversation with him in Chick-Fil-A,” said freshman Rachel Turner.

Many today said they are eager for what the future of UNCW holds in the hands of Sartarelli.


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